The Online Basket Raffle is Now Live!
Embers Extravaganza ’24

The Extravaganza Basket Raffle is now available for online bidding! Our amazing volunteers have put together baskets full of exciting outings, beautiful jewelry, sports tickets, and so much more. Unable to attend the Extravaganza? Participating in our online raffle is a great way to support Embers’ mission, and you may even walk away with a fabulous prize!

How to Enter the Raffle:

  • Visit the Extravaganza Website to view all our baskets.
  • Select the basket for which you’d like to purchase a chance to win.
  • You will be purchasing virtual poker chips to win your desired basket. Each chip costs $20.
  • You may purchase as many chips – towards as many baskets – as you’d like!
  • You will be prompted to create an account or log in and add a credit card to your profile, if needed.
  • To check out or view the items in your cart, click “Pay” on the top, white toolbar.
  • Online basket chip sales go through Saturday, March 23rd at 9:30 p.m.

Basket Raffle chips will also be available for sale at the Extravaganza. All purchases at the event receive this special bonus:

Once the raffle has come to a close, everyone’s chips – both virtual and in-person – will be combined. Winners will be pulled and announced on Monday, March 25.

If you need assistance, contact events@embersacademy.org.

Browse Our Raffle Baskets!

Today: Final Day to Purchase Tickets
The final hours have arrived! Ticket sales end tonight, Saturday, March 16 at Midnight. Don’t miss you chance to experience the thrill of the 2024 Embers Extravaganza! We look forward to seeing you.

Click to Purchase Extravaganza Tickets

Dear Families,

Our Development and Marketing teams have been working hard alongside very devoted and generous parent volunteers to make this year’s Extravaganza bigger and better than ever! 

Next Saturday’s Fund-a-Need Paddle Raise will boost funds for the next round of enhancements, including a new school library. We’ll also be looking to make aesthetic improvements to neglected corners of the school building, add support for our Embers Parents Association, and aid new marketing endeavors to help us spread the word about our community to new families. Your support will also help us close the deficit brought on by increasing operations and facilities costs.

But what I’m most excited about is the next big project to take the life of our school to the next level: the library. I’ve heard from many of you the challenges of filtering out the noise and ugliness often found in public libraries, as well as the difficulty of knowing where to even begin in buying books for your children. My wife and I have had the same struggles.

The Embers library will feature a curated collection of books that reflect our shared values and inspire our Sparks to new heights, to seek greatness in a world that desperately needs it. To make such a library a reality, we need all hands on deck.

I can’t wait to tell you more during my keynote next Saturday. Over 230 guests–and counting–are already registered, with 15 hours left to buy tickets. Even if you’re unable to attend, you can support these efforts by donating online

See you in Monte Carlo!

Christopher Goffos

Registration is now open for our spring Soccer Club! Practices will be divided into two groups: K-2 Grade, coached by Cathy Mullen, and 3-5 Grade, coached by Nawaf Habib. More information about the program can be found on HERE. Registration is due by Friday, April 5.

Register for Soccer Club

Spirit Week Starts Monday
We’ve got spirit, yes we do… and it will be on display all week long! Monday kicks off Spirit Week at Embers, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s creativity. Click HERE for a full description of each day’s theme.

Getting Ready for Spring!
The 2nd Graders wrapped up their unit with Mrs. Henschell on animal needs and habitats by building bird feeders. These environmentally-friendly feeders are ready to welcome feathered friends all summer long!

Report Cards are Now Available
Trimester II report cards are now available on your myEmbers! account. If you have any difficulty accessing your account, please email Mrs. Reardon at kreardon@embersacademy.org.

Dedication to Youth Excellence
Award Nominee: Mr. Sadlowski!

Our very own Mr. Sadlowski has been nominated for the Dedication to Youth Excellence Award from the Niles Chamber of Commerce. His nomination is bolstered by a wonderful recommendation: “He has a wonderful way with the kids and is able to impart a true love for music. He has a sense of compassionate discipline mixed with humor that is unmatched. He is an absolute gem!”

We know how true that is!

We would also like to congratulate two additional members of our Embers community who were nominated for awards:

  • Embers Mom, Catherine Brukalo, was nominated for the Ken Scheel Chamber Member of the Year Award!
  • Our School Resource Officer, Kevin Regal, was nominated for the Public Safety Award of Excellence!

Please join us in voting for Mr. Sadlowski, Mrs. Brukalo, and Officer Regal for these esteemed awards!

Click to Vote!

Amazing Mathematicians!
Congratulations to Mrs. Black and our 3rd Grade students on a fantastic showing at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) math contest. Our Sparks placed 2nd out of 36 schools in the Overall, Individual, and Team categories!

A Sticky Situation
Mr. Buggy was exceptionally brave this week, leading our Kindergartners in a slime science lab! After creating slime from simple ingredients, our Sparks had the sticky, gooey fun of filling Easter eggs with their new creation.

Welcome, Baby Joseph
Congratulations to the Jensen family on the birth of Joseph Wallace Jensen! Baby Joseph is welcomed by his big siblings: Katherine, Charlotte (3rd Grade), Rosie (1st Grade), and Becket.


Mother-Son Bowling
Saturday, April 13 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Reservations for the 2024 EPA Mother-Son Bowling Outing are now available HERE!

School Calendar
The school calendar for the ’24-’25 school year is now available on our website calendar page.

Easter & Spring Break
Embers will be closed for Easter & Spring Break from Thursday, March 28 – Friday, April 5.

The Week Ahead:
Saturday, March 16
-Embers Extravaganza final day for ticket sales! Online basket raffle is live! Visit the event website HERE for purchases.

Monday, March 18

-Spirit Week: Patriotic Day
Tuesday, March 19
-Spirit Week: Career Day

Wednesday, March 20
-Spirit Week: Silly Sock Day

Thursday, March 21
-Spirit Week: Crazy Hair Day

Friday, March 22
-Spirit Week: Decades Day

Saturday, March 23
-Embers Extravaganza (6:00 p.m. | Chateau Ritz)


Upcoming Events:
Thursday, March 28
-No School: Holy Thursday

Friday, March 29
-No School: Good Friday

Monday, April 1-Friday, April 5
-No School: Spring Break

Who to Contact

Natalie Donado: School Office Secretary
Uniforms, school supplies, hot lunch, Extended Day Program (EDP), and general questions about the school day.

Sylvia Casaletto: Office Manager
Medical and allergy forms, birth and baptismal certificates, and student records.


Christina Williams: Director Parents Association
All families are welcome to help with the EPA! More information on volunteer opportunities are available here.

Lisa Hanretty: Director of Development
Annual Fund, Extravaganza, and other donation opportunities.

Karen Reardon: Registrar 
Information and questions about myEmbers!

Lelia Harig: Business Office Manager
Tuition and billing questions.

Christopher Goffos: Headmaster

serving students in PK3 through 5th grade

8340 N. Greenwood Avenue,  Niles, IL 60714
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